Rio olympics

I was selected as one of four students from the University of Texas to travel to Rio de Janeiro and cover the 2016 Olympic Games. We worked at the Rio2016 English site and also received assignments from multiple U.S. newspapers to write features and event recaps.

Oakland Catholic grad wins Olympic gold with women's rowing team | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Amanda Polk considered a leaving her sport after the U.S. women’s eight rowing team won gold at the London Olympics without her.


But she stayed. Four years later, the U.S. team won again — with her in the boat.

Amherst’s Michael Hixon earns silver medal in Olympic synchronized diving | Daily Hampshire Gazette

Michael Hixon trained for two years to perfect the dive known as 109C.

On Wednesday, with his partner Sam Dorman, it earned him a silver medal in the Rio Olympics.

Olympics: Pentathlon brings Isaksen sisters back together | Arkansas Democrat Gazette

One sister came to the Rio Olympics to experience it for the first time. The other came for redemption.

Michelle Carter makes history in shot put, empowers young girls | The Daily Texan

Michelle Carter had one shot left to make history.

The former Longhorn was already an underdog —no American had ever won gold in women’s shot put. And New Zealand’s Valerie Adams, a two-time gold medalist, stood in her way.

Kayla Harrison makes dream come true with second Olympic gold | Dayton Daily News

When 2012 gold medalist Kayla Harrison returned to the Olympics, she had two goals: bring home a second gold medal in judo and, in doing so, become the greatest American judoka in history.

In the final seconds Thursday of the 78-kilogram gold medal match, she did both.

Simone Biles and Team USA artistic gymnasts get gold for diversity at Rio 2016 |

The women's gymnastics team final on Tuesday (9 August) is turning into a procession for an utterly dominant USA team, a team whose diversity and charisma have captured the imagination of the world at Rio 2016.

Fencing Hurley sisters go out early in Rio | San Antonio Express-News

When Courtney Hurley stepped up to the strip Saturday for her first match of the Olympics, she already felt like she had lost.

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Joseph Schooling conquers his idol, wins Olympic gold | The Daily Texan

When Joseph Schooling finished his 100-meter butterfly race at the Rio Olympics, he looked back to see his time of 50.39 seconds — three-quarters of a second faster than Michael Phelps.

Michael Hixon falls short of second medal | Daily Hampshire Gazette

The same dive that earned Michael Hixon a medal in 3-meter synchro at the Rio Olympics, denied him one in 3-meter individual springboard on Tuesday.

Olympic race ‘completely different experience’ for Clayton Murphy | Dayton Daily News

Tri-Village High School graduate Clayton Murphy sweated out a few tense moments before he advanced to the 800-meter semifinals Friday at the Rio Olympics.